Group Lessons at Magnolia Montessori Every child in the Primary (3-6) program will participate in twice monthly group lessons. Violins are provided by Magnolia Montessori. In true Montessori form, the mixed age group provides an opportunity for students who might be more advanced to guide other students. Group lessons are also good for learning how to play together, in unison with others and help reinforce skills learned in private lessons.
Private Lessons Private lessons are available after school hours at Magnolia, with Nia Strings for a monthly rate. .
Akhilah DeBow-Cherry I have had a love of music from a very young age. I started at J. Graham Brown School with Suzuki violin instructor Jim Bates.
I took lessons at the University School of Music under Suzuki violin instructor Sherry Hoffmeister, while I dabbled in the cello, saxophone, guitar, and piano. I graduated with my BA in Sociology from Simmons College 2019, and am in the process of earning my Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have over 25 years of violin experience, from my work with Louisville Youth Orchestra (LYO), J. Graham Brown School Orchestra, and St. Stephen Baptist Church Orchestra. I have performed with Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players, and The Moth Story Tellers at Brown Theatre. I have directed Nia Strings Suzuki violin program (formerly Love of Strings) since 2010, which is currently run out of the Mizizi African Based Homeschool Co-op, as well as the Magnolia Blossom Montessori School (an official partner with Nia Strings Louisville). We also have an association with Kuumba Youth Liberation Academy (KYLA), school of African based studies in Louisville, Kentucky.
In addition to my music, I am a devoted wife and loving mother of 4 boys, and one girl, I love Yoga, and have continued to stay involved with the arts.